In any good writing workshop, you'll hear a lot about "stakes." Your story will only come alive if the reader knows what's at stake for the main character. Well, this is true for us writers as well. Know what's at stake for you if you don't write. This weekend at the conference, I had a chance to step back and finally see what's at stake for me. When I stopped writing, I let self-doubt silence my creativity. And I lost an essential way that I connect with my family, with the universe, with myself.